11 mistakes you're making before you go to bed

They say the key to a good day is a good night's sleep.

A woman looks at her phone, and a man watches his laptop in bed at night.Ute Grabowsky/Contributor/Photothek via Getty Images
  • The United Health Foundation reported that 35.5% of Americans aren't getting enough sleep.
  • It's important to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits.
  • From too much caffeine to ill-timed exercise, Americans make a lot of mistakes before going to bed.

Unfortunately, 35.5% of Americans sleep fewer than the recommended seven hours per day, on average, according to America's Health Rankings' analysis of 2022 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Additionally, 13.5% of adults over 18 described feeling tired most days, the National Council on Aging reported in January.

While enough sleep may not seem like a priority — or a possibility — for many adults, it's incredibly important for preserving your health, as sleep deficiency is linked to diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, and other serious health conditions, reported the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


So, although most of us aren't striving to be like the CEOs taking ice baths and going to bed before 10 p.m., there's still plenty of room to improve our night routines.

Here are 11 mistakes you might be making before bed, and what you should do instead to sleep longer and feel better throughout the day.


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